by Robert Stewart, Director; Professor
Two former interns with the school’s Columbus-based Statehouse News Bureau were recognized by the Ohio AP for their reporting on prescription-drug abuse.
Pat Holmes, who recently graduated from the school, and Ohio State graduate Deanna Pan, combined to write four articles that together won first-place in the enterprise-reporting category:
Data slow, but results clear (Deanna Pan)
Death toll drops in drug war (Pat Holmes and Deanna Pan)
Quickly addicted (Pat Holmes)
Teen’s loss: ‘I miss him so much’ (Deanna Pan)
Holmes and Pan beat out other full-time reporters, even though they were students at the time they wrote the articles.
“We have high expectations for interns in the Scripps Statehouse News Bureau program, and this honor for Deanna and Pat is recognition of their excellent work,” said Alan Miller, Dispatch managing editor for news. “It also shows the great possibilities for interns who accept the challenge and opportunity to perform at the highest levels.”
The Dispatch … swept the enterprise-reporting category, with former interns Deanna Pan and Patrick Holmes capturing first place for their reporting on prescription-drug abuse. Second place went to Smith Richards for stories on school seclusion rooms, and third place to the paper’s staff for election coverage. The Columbus Dispatch, May 20, 2013
Faculty member Tom Suddes teaches the course that fellows in the Statehouse News bureau take during their time in Columbus.
“Gifted, dynamic young journalists such as Deanna and Pat illustrate why I am so optimistic about the future of our profession,” Suddes said. “Their superlative work exemplifies journalism’s mission: To explain how things really work, empowering the informed exercise of citizenship.”
Following her Statehouse News Bureau fellowship, Pan interned with Mother Jones, and now works as a reporter for The Pacific Northwest Inlander in Spokane, Washington.
During his senior year, Holmes was editor of The Post, the independent student newspaper on campus. He now works at KOAT in Albuquerque, New Mexico as a digital editor.